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The Vorkosigan Companion

1. Lois McMaster Bujold, author of the Vorkosigan series, is a New York Times best-selling author.2. The Vorkosigan saga is one of the best-selling space opera series of all time, as well as one of the most award-winning, with a Nebula Award and four Hugo Awards to its credit.3. The hero of the series, Miles Vorkosigan, is one of the most popular and beloved characters in science fiction.4. Advertising in Locus, more5. Wide distribution of ARCs6. Four-color flyer for the entire Vorkosigan series, featuring NEW COVERS7. Discount on Bujold’s backlist titles8. Teaser excerpt in mass market if Miles, Mutants and Microbes9. Co-op availableLois McMaster Bujold’s best-selling Vorkosigan series is a publishing phenomenon, winning record-breaking sales, critical praise, four Hugo Awards and a Nebula award. And the thousands of devotees of the series now have a book that will be a goldmine of information, background details, and little-known facts about the Vorkosigan saga. Included are an all-new interview with Bujold as well as essays by her on crafting the Vorkosigan universe, articles on the biology, technology and sociology of the planet Barrayar, appreciations of the individual novels by experts, maps, a complete timeline of the series, and more. Readers can’t get enough of the Vorkosigan series and they’ll jump at the chance to read this story behind the stories. Baen has a new novel in the Vorkosigan series under contract.

1. Lois McMaster Bujold, author of the Vorkosigan series, is a New York Times best-selling author.2. The Vorkosigan saga is one of the best-selling space opera series of all time, as well as one of the most award-winning, with a Nebula Award and four Hugo Awards to its credit.3. The hero of the series, Miles Vorkosigan, is one of the most popular and beloved characters in science fiction.4. Advertising in Locus, more5. Wide distribution of ARCs6. Four-color flyer for the entire Vorkosigan series, featuring NEW COVERS7. Discount on Bujold’s backlist titles8. Teaser excerpt in mass market if Miles, Mutants and Microbes9. Co-op availableLois McMaster Bujold’s best-selling Vorkosigan series is a publishing phenomenon, winning record-breaking sales, critical praise, four Hugo Awards and a Nebula award. And the thousands of devotees of the series now have a book that will be a goldmine of information, background details, and little-known facts about the Vorkosigan saga. Included are an all-new interview with Bujold as well as essays by her on crafting the Vorkosigan universe, articles on the biology, technology and sociology of the planet Barrayar, appreciations of the individual novels by experts, maps, a complete timeline of the series, and more. Readers can’t get enough of the Vorkosigan series and they’ll jump at the chance to read this story behind the stories. Baen has a new novel in the Vorkosigan series under contract.

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Voluntary Madness: My Year Lost and Found in the Loony Bin

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **The journalist who famously lived as a man commits herself- literally** Norah Vincent’s *New York Times* bestselling book, *Self-Made Man*, ended on a harrowing note. Suffering from severe depression after her eighteen months living disguised as a man, Vincent felt she was a danger to herself. On the advice of her psychologist she committed herself to a mental institution. Out of this raw and overwhelming experience came the idea for her next book. She decided to get healthy and to study the effect of treatment on the depressed and insane “in the bin,” as she calls it. Vincent’s journey takes her from a big city hospital to a facility in the Midwest and finally to an upscale retreat down south, as she analyzes the impact of institutionalization on the unwell, the tyranny of drugs-as-treatment, and the dysfunctional dynamic between caregivers and patients. Vincent applies brilliant insight as she exposes her personal struggle with depression and explores the range of people, caregivers, and methodologies that guide these strange, often scary, and bizarre environments. Eye opening, emotionally wrenching, and at times very funny, *Voluntary Madness* is a riveting work that exposes the state of mental healthcare in America from the inside out.

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **The journalist who famously lived as a man commits herself- literally** Norah Vincent’s *New York Times* bestselling book, *Self-Made Man*, ended on a harrowing note. Suffering from severe depression after her eighteen months living disguised as a man, Vincent felt she was a danger to herself. On the advice of her psychologist she committed herself to a mental institution. Out of this raw and overwhelming experience came the idea for her next book. She decided to get healthy and to study the effect of treatment on the depressed and insane “in the bin,” as she calls it. Vincent’s journey takes her from a big city hospital to a facility in the Midwest and finally to an upscale retreat down south, as she analyzes the impact of institutionalization on the unwell, the tyranny of drugs-as-treatment, and the dysfunctional dynamic between caregivers and patients. Vincent applies brilliant insight as she exposes her personal struggle with depression and explores the range of people, caregivers, and methodologies that guide these strange, often scary, and bizarre environments. Eye opening, emotionally wrenching, and at times very funny, *Voluntary Madness* is a riveting work that exposes the state of mental healthcare in America from the inside out.

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Void Moon

SUMMARY:
Cassie Black is an ex-con who needs to make one more score in order to fulfill the dream that sustained her in prison. Cassie Black has never looked back. She walked away from her life as a criminal after one disastrous night that left the man closest to her dead and her life in a shambles. Now she’s thriving at a job selling Porsches to Hollywood hotshots. Through everything – even her darkest moments – she has been able to keep going by holding on to one perfect thing, her greatest secret, dearer to her than life itself. When that secret is threatened, Cassie tosses her new life away like a bad hand of cards and goes back in a sprint to her old line of work. Her trade was robbing casino gamblers, and she was the very best. Now it’s the only way she can make enough money fast to maybe make everything right. Quickly she lines up a mark, a man who has been winning steadily for a week at high-stakes baccarat. The job goes smoothly until she opens his briefcase … And discovers a world of trouble she never dreamed of. Her superstitious friend who lined up the job says it’s the bad-luck void moon having its malignant way. Cassie knows it’s worse. She’s crossed paths again with her life’s nemesis, the man who destroyed everything six years before. He’s Jack Karch, a private investigator by day who does bloody work for casino owners by night. Walking back into his sights is the worst thing that’s ever happened to Cassie. Getting out alive will take all her skill and luck and faith in that one good thing …

SUMMARY:
Cassie Black is an ex-con who needs to make one more score in order to fulfill the dream that sustained her in prison. Cassie Black has never looked back. She walked away from her life as a criminal after one disastrous night that left the man closest to her dead and her life in a shambles. Now she’s thriving at a job selling Porsches to Hollywood hotshots. Through everything – even her darkest moments – she has been able to keep going by holding on to one perfect thing, her greatest secret, dearer to her than life itself. When that secret is threatened, Cassie tosses her new life away like a bad hand of cards and goes back in a sprint to her old line of work. Her trade was robbing casino gamblers, and she was the very best. Now it’s the only way she can make enough money fast to maybe make everything right. Quickly she lines up a mark, a man who has been winning steadily for a week at high-stakes baccarat. The job goes smoothly until she opens his briefcase … And discovers a world of trouble she never dreamed of. Her superstitious friend who lined up the job says it’s the bad-luck void moon having its malignant way. Cassie knows it’s worse. She’s crossed paths again with her life’s nemesis, the man who destroyed everything six years before. He’s Jack Karch, a private investigator by day who does bloody work for casino owners by night. Walking back into his sights is the worst thing that’s ever happened to Cassie. Getting out alive will take all her skill and luck and faith in that one good thing …

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Voices in the Dark

EDITORIAL REVIEW: *Asking for the truth can be as painful as telling it. . . .*Anselm Andros has clearly defined roles in his family and they are roles he plays very well—he is confidante to his mother, Maria. He is the confessor to his stepfather, Leo, a man haunted by the secrets of his past. And Anselm is also the patient, caring brother to his precocious sister, Jasmine. When the political landscape of Malonia starts to shift, this unassuming family begins to unravel. Even though they’ve spent the past fifteen years leading a quiet life, Maria and Leo’s actions are forever linked to the turbulent history of Malonia and its parallel world, modern-day England. With so much uncertainty at home and in his world, it is more important than ever for Anselm to put all the pieces of the past together. He must listen to his own voice and acknowledge his fears and desires—whatever the cost.

EDITORIAL REVIEW: *Asking for the truth can be as painful as telling it. . . .*Anselm Andros has clearly defined roles in his family and they are roles he plays very well—he is confidante to his mother, Maria. He is the confessor to his stepfather, Leo, a man haunted by the secrets of his past. And Anselm is also the patient, caring brother to his precocious sister, Jasmine. When the political landscape of Malonia starts to shift, this unassuming family begins to unravel. Even though they’ve spent the past fifteen years leading a quiet life, Maria and Leo’s actions are forever linked to the turbulent history of Malonia and its parallel world, modern-day England. With so much uncertainty at home and in his world, it is more important than ever for Anselm to put all the pieces of the past together. He must listen to his own voice and acknowledge his fears and desires—whatever the cost.

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Voices

Following the huge success of Silence of the Grave, another spellbinding thriller from the winner of the CWA Gold Dagger.

Detective Erlendur encounters memories of his troubled past in this gripping and award-winning continuation of the Reykjavík Murder Mysteries.

At a grand Reykjavík hotel the doorman has been repeatedly stabbed in the dingy basement room he called home. It is only a few days before Christmas and he was preparing to appear as Santa Claus at a children’s party. The manager tries to keep the murder under wraps. A glum detective taking up residence in his hotel and an intrusive murder investigation are not what he needs.

As Erlendur quietly surveys the cast of grotesques who populate the hotel, the web of malice, greed and corruption that lies beneath its surface reveals itself. Everyone has something to hide. But most shocking is the childhood secret of the dead man who, many years before, was the most famous child singer in the country: it turns… SUMMARY: The third novel in the award-winning Reykjavik Murder Mysteries.The Christmas rush is under way in a big Reykjavik hotel when the police are called to the scene of a murder. The hotel doorman (and long-time resident of its basement) has been stabbed to death. With the hotel fully booked, the manager is desperate to keep the murder under wraps and his reputation intact.Detectives Erlendur and Sigurdur Oli discover that the dead man had had a childhood brush with fame and that two old 45s on which he had sung have become prized collectors’ items. Estranged from his family for decades, why had the man continued to pay secret visits to his boyhood home?As Detective Elinborg investigates a separate case of child abuse, and Erlendur continues to struggle both with his troubled family relationships and the ghosts of his own youth, their parallel stories probe deeper into the riddle of this latest Reykjavik Murder Mystery.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Following the huge success of Silence of the Grave, another spellbinding thriller from the winner of the CWA Gold Dagger.

Detective Erlendur encounters memories of his troubled past in this gripping and award-winning continuation of the Reykjavík Murder Mysteries.

At a grand Reykjavík hotel the doorman has been repeatedly stabbed in the dingy basement room he called home. It is only a few days before Christmas and he was preparing to appear as Santa Claus at a children’s party. The manager tries to keep the murder under wraps. A glum detective taking up residence in his hotel and an intrusive murder investigation are not what he needs.

As Erlendur quietly surveys the cast of grotesques who populate the hotel, the web of malice, greed and corruption that lies beneath its surface reveals itself. Everyone has something to hide. But most shocking is the childhood secret of the dead man who, many years before, was the most famous child singer in the country: it turns… SUMMARY: The third novel in the award-winning Reykjavik Murder Mysteries.The Christmas rush is under way in a big Reykjavik hotel when the police are called to the scene of a murder. The hotel doorman (and long-time resident of its basement) has been stabbed to death. With the hotel fully booked, the manager is desperate to keep the murder under wraps and his reputation intact.Detectives Erlendur and Sigurdur Oli discover that the dead man had had a childhood brush with fame and that two old 45s on which he had sung have become prized collectors’ items. Estranged from his family for decades, why had the man continued to pay secret visits to his boyhood home?As Detective Elinborg investigates a separate case of child abuse, and Erlendur continues to struggle both with his troubled family relationships and the ghosts of his own youth, their parallel stories probe deeper into the riddle of this latest Reykjavik Murder Mystery.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Vittorio, the vampire

Amazon.com Review

Tired of the same old vampires? Check out Anne Rice’s new race of undead bloodsuckers, independent of the Lestat series. Her alterna-vamp books began with __, but the second of her New Tales of the Vampires, Vittorio, is truly a new beginning–a more controlled story and probably the best of her last half-dozen books.

Rice has called Vittorio her vampire version of Romeo and Juliet. The hunky Vittorio is sweet 16 and “incalculably rich” in 15th-century Italy, the epoch of the Medicis and Vittorio’s favorite painter, madly passionate Filippo Lippi. Florence is to Vittorio what New Orleans is to Interview with the Vampire.

One night, Vittorio’s family is butchered by vampires. The gorgeous Ursula spares Vittorio to make him her reluctant undying sweetheart. Ursula’s ravishings of Vittorio recall the erotica Rice wrote under her own name and the pen names Anne Rampling and A.N. Roquelaure.

Vittorio flees to the creepy town of Santa Maddalana, which has made a pact to sacrifice its young to Lord Florian’s vampire horde. Vittorio is bent on revenge as he invades the eerie Court of the Ruby Grail (i.e. blood), as angry with the child-sacrificing humans as he is with Florian’s fang gangsters. Torn between lust, murderous rage, and vampire thirst, Vittorio is one interestingly troubled soul.

Rice urges readers to enter Vittorio’s world by reading the sources she embroiders, __ and , and to get a feel for the scary communion Vittorio sees in the Court of the Ruby Grail by listening to . –Tim Appelo

From Publishers Weekly

Blood and holy water both run thick through the streets of 15th-century Florence in Rice’s 21st novel of the undead, the second in a series of New Tales that leave New Orleans’s cemeteries behind. While there’s not much plot to this lushly described story of how Vittorio di Riniari became a vampire, there’s plenty of period detail about Italy’s Golden Age. With the courtly arrogance of one who’s to the manor born, Renaissance man Vittorio tells of his seduction into evil immortality. As the 16-year-old scion of a wealthy home, he rubs elbows with Cosimo de Medici and is attracted to the work of Fra Filippo Lippi, whose tormented paintings of angels mirror Vittorio’s own heart. In the year 1450, he witnesses the massacre of his entire family by a band of demons. Fleeing from the primal scene, he follows the fiends in search of vengeance, and instead is overcome by the devastatingly beautiful “strega,” the bare-shouldered Ursula. His desire for revenge?and his desire for Ursula?propel him in a dizzy descent to religion’s darkest side, especially after Ursula’s vampire attentions render him able to see and converse with angels. Though the narrative is presented as a tragic tale of doomed love, we know so little of the swooning, inarticulate Ursula that there’s hardly any romance or suspense. And while Vittorio’s particular road to hell is a new entry in Rice’s repertoire of vampirification, much of the material is familiar: the rich, brash young man transformed against his will who agonizes over his new existence. Vittorio’s painstaking narration of his biography takes so long to acquire momentum that when at one point he admits, “This chapter ought to be over,” even diehard readers may be tempted to agree that it’s time for a new vampire for a new age. Agent, Lynn Nesbit. (Mar.) FYI: Rice includes a bibliography of readings for greater appreciation of the time period.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Amazon.com Review

Tired of the same old vampires? Check out Anne Rice’s new race of undead bloodsuckers, independent of the Lestat series. Her alterna-vamp books began with __, but the second of her New Tales of the Vampires, Vittorio, is truly a new beginning–a more controlled story and probably the best of her last half-dozen books.

Rice has called Vittorio her vampire version of Romeo and Juliet. The hunky Vittorio is sweet 16 and “incalculably rich” in 15th-century Italy, the epoch of the Medicis and Vittorio’s favorite painter, madly passionate Filippo Lippi. Florence is to Vittorio what New Orleans is to Interview with the Vampire.

One night, Vittorio’s family is butchered by vampires. The gorgeous Ursula spares Vittorio to make him her reluctant undying sweetheart. Ursula’s ravishings of Vittorio recall the erotica Rice wrote under her own name and the pen names Anne Rampling and A.N. Roquelaure.

Vittorio flees to the creepy town of Santa Maddalana, which has made a pact to sacrifice its young to Lord Florian’s vampire horde. Vittorio is bent on revenge as he invades the eerie Court of the Ruby Grail (i.e. blood), as angry with the child-sacrificing humans as he is with Florian’s fang gangsters. Torn between lust, murderous rage, and vampire thirst, Vittorio is one interestingly troubled soul.

Rice urges readers to enter Vittorio’s world by reading the sources she embroiders, __ and , and to get a feel for the scary communion Vittorio sees in the Court of the Ruby Grail by listening to . –Tim Appelo

From Publishers Weekly

Blood and holy water both run thick through the streets of 15th-century Florence in Rice’s 21st novel of the undead, the second in a series of New Tales that leave New Orleans’s cemeteries behind. While there’s not much plot to this lushly described story of how Vittorio di Riniari became a vampire, there’s plenty of period detail about Italy’s Golden Age. With the courtly arrogance of one who’s to the manor born, Renaissance man Vittorio tells of his seduction into evil immortality. As the 16-year-old scion of a wealthy home, he rubs elbows with Cosimo de Medici and is attracted to the work of Fra Filippo Lippi, whose tormented paintings of angels mirror Vittorio’s own heart. In the year 1450, he witnesses the massacre of his entire family by a band of demons. Fleeing from the primal scene, he follows the fiends in search of vengeance, and instead is overcome by the devastatingly beautiful “strega,” the bare-shouldered Ursula. His desire for revenge?and his desire for Ursula?propel him in a dizzy descent to religion’s darkest side, especially after Ursula’s vampire attentions render him able to see and converse with angels. Though the narrative is presented as a tragic tale of doomed love, we know so little of the swooning, inarticulate Ursula that there’s hardly any romance or suspense. And while Vittorio’s particular road to hell is a new entry in Rice’s repertoire of vampirification, much of the material is familiar: the rich, brash young man transformed against his will who agonizes over his new existence. Vittorio’s painstaking narration of his biography takes so long to acquire momentum that when at one point he admits, “This chapter ought to be over,” even diehard readers may be tempted to agree that it’s time for a new vampire for a new age. Agent, Lynn Nesbit. (Mar.) FYI: Rice includes a bibliography of readings for greater appreciation of the time period.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The Viscount and the Virgin

***“I am not at all the kind of girl a future earl ought to marry. ”***
Imogen Hebden knew she was no Diamond of the Ton. A clumsy, gangling spinster more like! This last-chance season was sure to be a disaster. What sort of suitor could she – at four and twenty with no town bronze – hope to catch? And then she had her proposal!
Viscount Mildenhall, son of the Earl of Corfe, the most eligible, most arrogant rake in London claimed to find her guileless ways irresistible. But inexperienced as she was, Imogen could tell he was in an indecent hurry – particularly when it came to producing an heir. . .
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***“I am not at all the kind of girl a future earl ought to marry. ”***
Imogen Hebden knew she was no Diamond of the Ton. A clumsy, gangling spinster more like! This last-chance season was sure to be a disaster. What sort of suitor could she – at four and twenty with no town bronze – hope to catch? And then she had her proposal!
Viscount Mildenhall, son of the Earl of Corfe, the most eligible, most arrogant rake in London claimed to find her guileless ways irresistible. But inexperienced as she was, Imogen could tell he was in an indecent hurry – particularly when it came to producing an heir. . .
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The Virtue of Selfishness

The Virtue of Selfishness: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition by Ayn Rand
**A collection of essays that sets forth the moral principles of Objectivism, Ayn Rand’s controversial, groundbreaking philosophy.**
Since their initial publication, Rand’s fictional works—*Anthem*, *The Fountainhead*, and *Atlas Shrugged—*have had a major impact on the intellectual scene. The underlying theme of her famous novels is her philosophy, a new morality—the ethics of rational self-interest—that offers a robust challenge to altruist-collectivist thought.
Known as *Objectivism*, her divisive philosophy holds human life—the life proper to a rational being—as the standard of moral values and regards altruism as incompatible with man’s nature. In this series of essays, Rand asks why man needs morality in the first place, and arrives at an answer that redefines a new code of ethics based on the virtue of selfishness.
**More Than 1 Million Copies Sold!**

The Virtue of Selfishness: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition by Ayn Rand
**A collection of essays that sets forth the moral principles of Objectivism, Ayn Rand’s controversial, groundbreaking philosophy.**
Since their initial publication, Rand’s fictional works—*Anthem*, *The Fountainhead*, and *Atlas Shrugged—*have had a major impact on the intellectual scene. The underlying theme of her famous novels is her philosophy, a new morality—the ethics of rational self-interest—that offers a robust challenge to altruist-collectivist thought.
Known as *Objectivism*, her divisive philosophy holds human life—the life proper to a rational being—as the standard of moral values and regards altruism as incompatible with man’s nature. In this series of essays, Rand asks why man needs morality in the first place, and arrives at an answer that redefines a new code of ethics based on the virtue of selfishness.
**More Than 1 Million Copies Sold!**

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Virals

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Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of theBones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage “sci-philes” who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot-if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer’s scent.Fortunately, they are now more than friends- they’re a pack. They are Virals.

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Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of theBones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage “sci-philes” who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot-if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer’s scent.Fortunately, they are now more than friends- they’re a pack. They are Virals.

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Vinyl Cafe Unplugged

**Bestselling author and radio storytelling sensation Stuart McLean revisits the heartwarming and hilarious friends from his iconic Vinyl Cafe.**
Dave and his wife Morley would no doubt tell you that life is what you make it. Unfortunately for them, that means a compilation tape of mistakes, miscues, misunderstandings, and muddle. That’s not to say that there is anything particularly unusual about the family and friends at the Vinyl Cafe. After all, who wouldn’t try to toilet-train a cat? Who hasn’t started a small home fix-it job only to set fire to the walls? Created mass hysteria at a school concert? Lost an aging relative while visiting our nation’s capital?
Vinyl Cafe Unplugged is a warm and delightful collection of stories following the common foibles and everyday absurdities of family life.
**Recensie(s)**

* ‘The Canadians have every reason to be proud of Stuart McLean’ Evening Herald * ‘Thank you! We were thrilled with Stuart’s show. People came out buzzing and convinced they’d discovered the most wonderful new superstar. We’d have him back like a shot.’ Peter Florence, Guardian Hay Festival Director – 2005 * ‘An extraordinarily gifted writer’ Times Herald
(source: Bol.com)

**Bestselling author and radio storytelling sensation Stuart McLean revisits the heartwarming and hilarious friends from his iconic Vinyl Cafe.**
Dave and his wife Morley would no doubt tell you that life is what you make it. Unfortunately for them, that means a compilation tape of mistakes, miscues, misunderstandings, and muddle. That’s not to say that there is anything particularly unusual about the family and friends at the Vinyl Cafe. After all, who wouldn’t try to toilet-train a cat? Who hasn’t started a small home fix-it job only to set fire to the walls? Created mass hysteria at a school concert? Lost an aging relative while visiting our nation’s capital?
Vinyl Cafe Unplugged is a warm and delightful collection of stories following the common foibles and everyday absurdities of family life.
**Recensie(s)**

* ‘The Canadians have every reason to be proud of Stuart McLean’ Evening Herald * ‘Thank you! We were thrilled with Stuart’s show. People came out buzzing and convinced they’d discovered the most wonderful new superstar. We’d have him back like a shot.’ Peter Florence, Guardian Hay Festival Director – 2005 * ‘An extraordinarily gifted writer’ Times Herald
(source: Bol.com)

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Villain

A young insurance saleswoman is found strangled at Mitsuse Pass. Her family and friends are shocked and terrified. The pass—which tunnels through a mountainous region of southern Japan—has an eerie history: a hideout for robbers, murderers, and ghostly creatures lurking at night.

Soon afterward, a young construction worker becomes the primary suspect. As the investigation unfolds, the events leading up to the murder come darkly into focus, revealing a troubled cast of characters: the victim, Yoshino, a woman much too eager for acceptance; the suspect, Yuichi, a car enthusiast misunderstood by everyone around him; the victim’s middle-aged father, a barber disappointed with his life; and the suspect’s aging grandmother, who survived the starvation of postwar Japan only to be tormented by local gangsters. And, finally, there is desperate Mitsuyo, the lonely woman who finds Yuichi online and makes the big mistake of falling for him.

A stunningly dark thriller and a tapestry of noir, Villain is the English-language debut for Shuichi Yoshida, one of Japan’s most acclaimed and accomplished writers. From desolate seaside towns and lighthouses to love hotels and online chat rooms, Villain reveals the inner lives of men and women who all have something to hide. Part police procedural, part gritty realism, Villain is a coolly seductive story of loneliness and alienation in the southernmost reaches of Japan.
(source: Bol.com)

A young insurance saleswoman is found strangled at Mitsuse Pass. Her family and friends are shocked and terrified. The pass—which tunnels through a mountainous region of southern Japan—has an eerie history: a hideout for robbers, murderers, and ghostly creatures lurking at night.

Soon afterward, a young construction worker becomes the primary suspect. As the investigation unfolds, the events leading up to the murder come darkly into focus, revealing a troubled cast of characters: the victim, Yoshino, a woman much too eager for acceptance; the suspect, Yuichi, a car enthusiast misunderstood by everyone around him; the victim’s middle-aged father, a barber disappointed with his life; and the suspect’s aging grandmother, who survived the starvation of postwar Japan only to be tormented by local gangsters. And, finally, there is desperate Mitsuyo, the lonely woman who finds Yuichi online and makes the big mistake of falling for him.

A stunningly dark thriller and a tapestry of noir, Villain is the English-language debut for Shuichi Yoshida, one of Japan’s most acclaimed and accomplished writers. From desolate seaside towns and lighthouses to love hotels and online chat rooms, Villain reveals the inner lives of men and women who all have something to hide. Part police procedural, part gritty realism, Villain is a coolly seductive story of loneliness and alienation in the southernmost reaches of Japan.
(source: Bol.com)

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The Viking Takes a Knight

The Viking Takes a Knight by Sandra Hill
“Sandra Hill writes stories that tickle the funnybone and touch the heart. Her books are always fresh, romantic, inventive and hilarious.”
—Susan Wiggs, **New York Times** bestselling author
When John of Hawks Lair meets the voluptuous lady Viking Ingrith, the stalwart knight soon discovers that his wild side is not as hidden as he’d always believed, in **New York Times and USA Today **bestseller Sandra Hill’s delightful medieval romantic romp, **The Viking Takes a Knight. **Much beloved for her ability to blend steamy sensuality with unbridled hilarity, Sandra Hill is a favorite of historical romance fans who appreciate a sexy love story told with refreshing originality—and **The Viking Takes a Knight **is all that and much more!

The Viking Takes a Knight by Sandra Hill
“Sandra Hill writes stories that tickle the funnybone and touch the heart. Her books are always fresh, romantic, inventive and hilarious.”
—Susan Wiggs, **New York Times** bestselling author
When John of Hawks Lair meets the voluptuous lady Viking Ingrith, the stalwart knight soon discovers that his wild side is not as hidden as he’d always believed, in **New York Times and USA Today **bestseller Sandra Hill’s delightful medieval romantic romp, **The Viking Takes a Knight. **Much beloved for her ability to blend steamy sensuality with unbridled hilarity, Sandra Hill is a favorite of historical romance fans who appreciate a sexy love story told with refreshing originality—and **The Viking Takes a Knight **is all that and much more!

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Victim Six

EDITORIAL REVIEW: The bodies are found in towns and cities around Puget Sound. The young women who are the victims had nothing in common–except the agony of their final moments. But somebody carefully chose them to stalk, capture, and torture. . . a depraved killer whose cunning is matched only by the depth of his bloodlust. But the dying has only just begun. And next victim will be the most shocking of all. . . Praise for Gregg Olsen’s Novels “Grabs you by the throat.” –Kay Hooper “Wickedly clever! Genuinely twisted.”–Lisa Gardner “As Good As It Gets.” –Lee Child “An Irresistible Page-Turner.” –Kevin O’Brien

EDITORIAL REVIEW: The bodies are found in towns and cities around Puget Sound. The young women who are the victims had nothing in common–except the agony of their final moments. But somebody carefully chose them to stalk, capture, and torture. . . a depraved killer whose cunning is matched only by the depth of his bloodlust. But the dying has only just begun. And next victim will be the most shocking of all. . . Praise for Gregg Olsen’s Novels “Grabs you by the throat.” –Kay Hooper “Wickedly clever! Genuinely twisted.”–Lisa Gardner “As Good As It Gets.” –Lee Child “An Irresistible Page-Turner.” –Kevin O’Brien

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Vicious

EDITORIAL REVIEW: For more than two years, he held Seattle in a terror grip – a cold-blooded killer who abducted young mothers right in front of their sons and murdered them execution style. Then, as suddenly as the killings began, they seemed to stop. Susan Blanchette is looking forward to a relaxing weekend getaway with her fiancee, Allen, and young son, Matthew. But something about the remote lake house doesn’t feel right. A woman vanished from the area a year ago, and now Susan thinks she’s spotted someone lurking around the property. And when Allen disappears, her fear grows. A psychopath has returned, ready to strike again. Someone who can’t resist the urge to kill, who derives pleasure from others’ pain, and who is drawing nearer to Susan as each minute of the weekend ticks by. But she’s just one pawn at the heart of a killer’s deadly game – a killer who is unrelenting, unstoppable, and absolutely vicious.

EDITORIAL REVIEW: For more than two years, he held Seattle in a terror grip – a cold-blooded killer who abducted young mothers right in front of their sons and murdered them execution style. Then, as suddenly as the killings began, they seemed to stop. Susan Blanchette is looking forward to a relaxing weekend getaway with her fiancee, Allen, and young son, Matthew. But something about the remote lake house doesn’t feel right. A woman vanished from the area a year ago, and now Susan thinks she’s spotted someone lurking around the property. And when Allen disappears, her fear grows. A psychopath has returned, ready to strike again. Someone who can’t resist the urge to kill, who derives pleasure from others’ pain, and who is drawing nearer to Susan as each minute of the weekend ticks by. But she’s just one pawn at the heart of a killer’s deadly game – a killer who is unrelenting, unstoppable, and absolutely vicious.

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Velvet, Leather & Lace

Velvet, Leather & Lace, a hot new lingerie catalogue company, is launching “”stunt lingerie””–Wispy little nothings that can be removed with the slightest tug. The global satellite fashion show is just a week away, and partners Jamie, Samantha and Mia are coming apart as fast as their underwear. Samantha has put off her current lover so many times he’s about to kidnap her. And what if the press discovers Jamie is actually a man? Ex-girlfriend Lorna Sutton offers to front for Jamie-but not for payment … for payback. Then set contractor Joe O’Ryan decides to test Mia’s claim she doesn’t like sex.

Velvet, Leather & Lace, a hot new lingerie catalogue company, is launching “”stunt lingerie””–Wispy little nothings that can be removed with the slightest tug. The global satellite fashion show is just a week away, and partners Jamie, Samantha and Mia are coming apart as fast as their underwear. Samantha has put off her current lover so many times he’s about to kidnap her. And what if the press discovers Jamie is actually a man? Ex-girlfriend Lorna Sutton offers to front for Jamie-but not for payment … for payback. Then set contractor Joe O’Ryan decides to test Mia’s claim she doesn’t like sex.

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Vegetable Gardening for Dummies

EDITORIAL REVIEW: A hands-on guide to the ins and outs of raising and using vegetables Want to grow your own vegetables? You can do it the fun and easy way with this practical guide. From selecting the right spot to preparing the soil to harvesting, *Vegetable Gardening For Dummies,* *2nd Edition* shows you how to successfully raise vegetables regardless of the size of your plot or your dietary needs. You’ll discover how to plot your garden and get the soil in tip-top shape; select the types of vegetables you want to grow; plant the seeds properly; and care for them as they grow. You’ll also know the right time to pick your vegetables and the best ways to enjoy them. Plus, you’ll get tips on preserving foods grown at home. Expert advice on planting, caring for, harvesting, and enjoying the fruits of your own vegetable garden Features environmentally friendly ways to combat pests in your garden Charlie Nardozzi is senior horticulturist and spokesperson for the National Gardening Association; he’s also been the gardening expert on such programs as HGTV’s *Today at Home *and *Way to Grow *and the Discovery Channel’s *Home Matters* Whether you have a green thumb or you’ve never grown a plant before, *Vegetable Gardening For Dummies,* *2nd Edition *has all the information you need to create a healthy garden.

EDITORIAL REVIEW: A hands-on guide to the ins and outs of raising and using vegetables Want to grow your own vegetables? You can do it the fun and easy way with this practical guide. From selecting the right spot to preparing the soil to harvesting, *Vegetable Gardening For Dummies,* *2nd Edition* shows you how to successfully raise vegetables regardless of the size of your plot or your dietary needs. You’ll discover how to plot your garden and get the soil in tip-top shape; select the types of vegetables you want to grow; plant the seeds properly; and care for them as they grow. You’ll also know the right time to pick your vegetables and the best ways to enjoy them. Plus, you’ll get tips on preserving foods grown at home. Expert advice on planting, caring for, harvesting, and enjoying the fruits of your own vegetable garden Features environmentally friendly ways to combat pests in your garden Charlie Nardozzi is senior horticulturist and spokesperson for the National Gardening Association; he’s also been the gardening expert on such programs as HGTV’s *Today at Home *and *Way to Grow *and the Discovery Channel’s *Home Matters* Whether you have a green thumb or you’ve never grown a plant before, *Vegetable Gardening For Dummies,* *2nd Edition *has all the information you need to create a healthy garden.

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